Have you been to the Eiffel Tower in the Philippines?

I fell in love with Eiffel!

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When we talk about Paris, France, the ever beautiful Eiffel Tower is being associated automatically. Aside from becoming one of the country’s landmarks, it has been a romantic symbol that complements with the image of Paris as the City of Love.

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This famous tower is included in the bucket list of a lot of people from different parts of the world, including the Filipinos. Maybe that was part of the major factor why it became the concept of a restaurant in the Philippines.

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A Glimpse of the Banaue Rice Terraces

Finally, I’ve ticked off one of my childhood bucket list!

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Philippine landmarks are well known even before the Digital Era. Through books during grade school, tourist spots— like Mayon Volcano, Chocolate Hills, Hundred Islands, and Banaue Rice Terraces—were desired destinations of every kid, including me.

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I almost forgot about this childhood dream trip I had, until we took a short morning stopover in Banaue en route to the Mountain Province.

Meet my pretty friends, Shara & Eunice. ❤ Our tour was organized by S&B Adventure.

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5 Ways on how to live like a local in Thailand

Most travelers plan their trip ahead. They search in advance for tourist spots and line up their detailed itinerary, while few prefer to be spontaneous and explore on their own what they can discover.

Regardless of where you belong in the aforementioned statement, this list of not-so-touristy activities will help you to feel less of an alien in Thailand.

I, my friend (left) Jean, and our professor (right), Ms. A (Miss you both po, let’s travel again!) experienced living like a local in a country not our own by doing the following:

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3 lessons I discovered when I climbed the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines

When life gets a bit tough, unwind.

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Life sometimes becomes a bumpy road. When things get rough and tough, aside from letting God take over on the situation, we have to help ourselves to remain in good composure and sane. In connection, I felt like I need a sweet escape from it all for a while. I’m glad we have our weekend Benguet trip for our hike to Mt. Pulag, the highest mountain in Luzon and 3rd in the Philippines.

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As for the accurate and latest record, Mt. Pulag is now 2926 masl.

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During the very long hours of walking and trekking, I inconspicuously reflect on the current life I have, the people I deal with, and the decisions I make. My renewed relationship with the mountains made me realize 3 main takeaways about life:

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A tour at the First Vintage Camera Museum in the Philippines

Historical travels and appreciation of old structures seem to be conventional activities nowadays because of the influence also of the social media. I view this trend interesting since it’s benefitting to both parties; people learn to value our rich culture and history, at the same time, it boosts the local tourism sector.

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When you try to visit Taal, Batangas, make sure that a museum is part of your itinerary. There are a lot of ancestrals houses that turned into museums which are open for public visits like Don Leon Apacible House, Marcela Agoncillo House (donations are voluntary), Gregorio Agoncillo Mansion (PHP 70 per head) , and Villa Tortuga (PHP 50 per head/ PHP 250 costume rental). I was able to explore only one due to time constraint. Nevertheless, I find my visit very educating and worthwhile.

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I’ve learned that Galleria Taal is the first and foremost vintage camera museum in the country. The regular entrance fee is PHP 100 per person while a discounted rate of PHP 50 is being offered to students who have their ids.  The entrance fee privileges you to tour the museum with their resident staff who are very knowledgeable about the details and stories of what are waiting you inside. Take note, all of the vintage cameras inside are still working!

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